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Tag: ministry

The Art & Science of Growing a Ministry

When giant timber bamboo grows, it will rise out of the earth an astounding 90 feet in only 60 days, but only after three years of first patiently watering…dirt. This was a fact passed onto the students of our Summer Leadership Studio by the imitable Ben Sand, CEO of Portland Leadership Foundation and our instructor […]

Three Signs You Are Burning Out

In April 2017, Portland Seminary received a $50,000 grant from the Lilly Endowment, Inc. to explore the question of pastoral thriving. This is the second of five blogs that we are producing to share our findings, while soliciting continued discussions. As Director of the Doctor of Ministry program at Portland Seminary, a number of our […]

Pastoring as Mothering

Understanding the meaning of ‘pastoring’ in today’s demanding, evolving social climate is not only necessary, it is an urgent imperative. The job is confusing and difficult even on normal days. Also, research indicates that those who have the clearest call are more likely to experience burnout and eventually leave the ministry.[1]

What American Evangelicals Miss: Reflections on the Lausanne YLG2016 Conference

From August 3-11, 2016 in Jakarta, Indonesia, over 1000 experienced younger leaders from 150 countries came together for the Lausanne Younger Leaders Gathering. The last one was in Malaysia in 2006. The Younger Leaders Gathering happens once a generation, and the theme for this one was “United in the Great Story.”

The Gift of Interruption Inspires Laundry Love

Greg Russinger, MA student at George Fox Evangelical Seminary, believes the best of life is not necessarily what happens when we follow carefully established plans, but what happens when something derails us. “A life interrupted is a life inspired” is his personal motto. Interruptions, Russinger believes, can reorient us toward new ways of perceiving ourselves, […]

A Weary Traveler’s Confession and Reflection: The Story our ‘Bodies’ Tell

A couple of months ago I was sitting on an airplane into the 21st hour of what was supposed to be an 8 hour trip, making a confession to myself. The evening before we weary 170+ passengers had finally debarked in Seattle – not Portland where we were supposed to land, but couldn’t because of weather. […]